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Notice given 1 October 2002

721  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to any visits by the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia and/or embassy officials, since 1 January 1999, to the following mine sites:

(a) the PT Freeport Indonesia (Rio Tinto), mine site in Irian Jaya;

(b) the PT Indo Muro Kencana (Aurora Gold), mine site in Central Kalimantan (other than the visit on 25 May 2001);

(c) the PT Kendilo Coal Indonesia (BHP Billiton) mine site in East Kalimantan;

(d) the PT Arutmin Indonesia-Senakin (BHP Billiton) mine site in South Kalimantan; and

(e) the PT Kaltim Prima Coal (Rio Tinto), mine site in East Kalimantan:

(1) When did the ambassador or embassy officials visit the mine site.

(2) What was the purpose of each visit.

(3) What issues were raised with the ambassador or embassy officials by mining company representatives.

(4) Did the ambassador or embassy officials meet with local non-government organisations concerning the impacts of the mines on landowners, downstream villagers and/or the operation of security forces; if so, who.

(5) Were security issues raised with the ambassador or embassy officials; if so, what were the specific concerns raised.

(6) Were concerns about provisions of Indonesian legislation raised with the ambassador or embassy officials; if so, what were the specific concerns raised.

(7) What was the cost of each trip.